K is for klotting
– which doesn’t really start with a ‘k’, but
it’s what I want to write about. Many people take an aspirin
a day to prevent stroke and heart attack based on aspirin’s
ability to thin the blood and prevent blood clots.
doctors have been against aspirin for a long time because it damages
the stomach lining and causes kidney and liver damage. Aspirin is
responsible for a significant number of emergency room visits because
it causes gastrointestinal bleeding.
are now showing that an aspirin a day actually increases risk of
stroke and heart attack in 40 percent of the people who take it.
Research is also showing that long term use of aspirin increases
your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts by as much as 44
recommended because it thins the blood and keeps dangerous clots
from forming. However, there are much safer things to take than
aspirin that perform as well or better without the negative side
The first of
these is nattokinase – a fibrinolytic enzyme that breaks down
fibrin. Fibrin is a blood protein that forms long sticky strands
and clots that is normally inhibited by the enzyme plasmin. As we
age, the body’s production of plasmin decreases and we become
more prone to thick, sticky blood that has a tendency to clot.